We discover an archaeological jewel surrounded by the sea, to contemplate the ancient ruins that tell the story of a past that has left deep traces.After crossing a beautiful beach, we walk along a small hill to the temple of an ancient female punic deity: Tanit, the goddess of love and fertility. We look out slowly and stand before the city of Nora with its baths, villas, small houses and the theatre, which today still hosts poets, actors and prominent musicians during the hot summer nights. Along the ancient Roman roads, nothing around us goes unnoticed: the beauty of the mosaics, the noise of the waves crushing on the ruins that emerge out of the water, the marble blocks scarred by the passing of time, the columns that remain standing despite plundering and storms. It is a journey to follow the traces of rich merchants, young sailors and holy soldiers revered by an entire population.
Go back in time to the Bronze Age on this tour from Cagliari to Barumini, where you visit the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Su Nuraxi archaeological site, built by the Nuragic civilization. Located in the Marmilla region of Sardinia, the site is known for its central tower and surrounding village. Also visit Giara, a protected area home to wild horses. Enjoy round-trip transportation from your hotel for a hassle-free experience.
Head to Sardinia’s Parteolla region, where olive groves and vineyards dominate the landscape, and treat yourself to a morning of food and wine. The half-day experience is ideal for foodies who want to discover the local specialities in less time. After a visit to a medieval church, you’ll see pecorino cheese in production at a Dolianova dairy (weekdays only), then you’ll savor Sardinian wine and delicacies at a Soleminis vineyard.
Escape the crowds in Cagliari and dive into authentic Sardinia by exploring the western Costa Verde. Stop in the hills surrounding Arbus to see the heirloom black sheep raised here and taste artisanal “pecorino” sheep cheese. Continue on to the spectacular Piscinas beach, home to some of the highest sand dunes in Europe. End by visiting the UNESCO-listed Montevecchio mining complex, a fascinating look at 19th-century industry on Sardinia.
We explore the pristine volcanic plateau of the Giara to meet the reknowned wild horses. We also discover Su nuraxi, the important prehistoric monument and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Giara is a vast uncontaminated basalt plateau where thousands of wild horses have lived for thousands of years, though it remains a mystery how they came to inhabit this natural landscape of outstanding beauty. We approach them through the cork oak trees and the myrtle-scented shrubs, to see them while they drink calmly in the small ponds. Below them, on the plain, we spot in the distance the monumental nuraghe of Barumini. This typical Sardinian prehistoric structure was built with stones carved out from the Giara itself. The nuraghe is made up of a system of towers, part of an old genial idea the memory of which has sadly been lost.Today we can witness an amazing prehistoric monument built by people who knew how to govern with balance over the external forces.
Discover Sardinia’s little-known medieval sites with this tour of the Acquafredda Castle and San Giovanni Cave. Enjoy a scenic drive from Cagliari to the ruins of the clifftop castle and follow your guide up the trail to explore its abandoned village, fortress, and church. Relax over a glass of wine and traditional Sardinian products while enjoying the view, then head down through a spectacular cave set at the foot of the castle.
One of Sardinia’s top attractions, the UNESCO–listed site of Su Nuraxi dates back to the Bronze age. On this tour, travel 3,500 years back in time to the Nuragic period and visit this archaeological complex with your guide. Explore the court house, housing complex, and meeting hut, and see how life played out during the pre-Roman period. Enjoy round-trip travel from your Cagliari hotel, and upgrade to visit surrounding sites of interest such as the Giara plateau, the Giants' Tomb, and the medieval palace.
Feel the breeze against your skin and savor the freedom of a scooter adventure—without fear of getting lost—on this guided tour of south Sardinia’s secret beaches. Soak up the beauty of Chia, Cala Cipolla Beach, Capo Spartivento Lighthouse, Capo Malfatano, Cala Porto Laboi, Cala Crabittu, and more, as you ride your 125cc scooter between Chia and Teulada. Upgrade for a private tour.
See Sardinia from its mountaintops to its beaches with this 4x4 day trip from Cagliari. Showcasing the best of the island’s countryside, the experience includes views of pink flamingos in their natural environment, beach stops for snorkeling near Chia, and mountain lookouts for coastal vistas. It’s a great way to discover the landscape around the city without wasting any time.
Most visitors to Sardinia stick to the coastline, but the island also has spectacular inland countryside to explore. Set off from Geremeas on board a powerful dune buggy with this tour that zips up the forested Sette Fratelli mountain to scenic overlooks for sweeping views of the coast. Stop at a shepherd’s home for a traditional Sardinian lunch and learn about the history and culture of the island’s mountain residents from your guide.
Discover the spectacular sights of Cagliari the alternative way on a 2.5-hour guided Segway tour of the Sardinian capital. After selecting either a morning or afternoon departure time, glide past prominent landmarks like the hilltop citadel of Castello and the grand Cagliari Cathedral. Listen to insightful audio commentary as you explore the quaint cobbled streets and stop regularly for excellent photo opportunities. Revitalize with a refreshing drink on a Castello terrace that affords sweeping vistas of Cagliari’s picturesque sprawl.
Go underground and explore the Cave of Neptune with this day trip tour from Cagliari. Leave the driving to your guide and soak up the views of the Sardinian countryside as you travel to the cliffside of Capo Caccia. Climb down the 660 steps of Cabirol’s stairs to reach the caves for a walking tour. This itinerary can also include a boat tour.
Dig into the fascinating history and culture of Sardinia with a half-day tour of the Barumini UNESCO site and the Giara di Gesturi wild horses. See the prehistoric Su Nuraxi Fortress at Barumini. Visit the Giara plateau to find the unique breed of small horses that roam wild.
Experience the fascinating French island of Corsica from Sardinia. Travel in comfort by mini van and ferry from Cagliari and embark on a Corsican adventure. Visit Ajaccio known for its beautiful walking trails and as the birthplace of Napoleon. Then explore the quaint town of Bonifacio. Sample local delicacies, relax on the shore on the Mediterranean, and benefit form the local knowledge of your guide.
Check out a Sardinian olive oil mill, cheese dairy, and prestigious winery during a half-day tasting tour from Cagliari. The ideal trip for lovers of food, the daytime experience showcases the villages of Serdiana, Donori, and Dolianova, and their food-producing heritage. Savor samples as you explore, and learn about the island’s beloved produce from your guide.
Visit Alghero on a day trip from Cagliari and discover the best of the medieval town and nearby Riviera del Corallo. Loved for its bustling harbor and its tangle of honey-colored streets in the centro storico, Alghero is packed with things to see and your guide will showcase its best bits. In the afternoon, you’ll visit nearby Capo Caccia where rugged coastal views await, and the Neptune’s Caves, which are accessible by boat or cliff steps.
Escape to one of Sardinia’s loveliest island retreats during this full-day tour of San Pietro Island. Choose from shared or private options; the tour begins in the morning, when you’re picked up directly from your Chia or Domus de Maria accommodation. Journey via air-conditioned minivan to Calasetta, where you’ll board a ferry to the island. Upon arrival, swim in the turquoise sea, tour the vibrant town of Carloforte, see the Columns of Carloforte, and learn about San Pietro Island’s millennia of history.
The beautiful beaches of Cala Luna and the stunning Sea Oxen Caves (Grotte del Bue marino) are among the highlights of Sardinia’s northeast coast. Visit both on this tour, including a thrilling boat cruise and walking tour of the natural caves, followed by free time to swim or sunbathe at Cala Luna.
Visit two villages in Sardinia’s mountainous Barbagia area on this cultural tour from Cagliari to Mamoiada and Orgosolo, located in the middle of the island. With a guide, learn about Mamoiada’s tradition of making carnival masks at a local museum and workshop, see Orgosolo’s many murals (‘murales’) and enjoy a taste of regional wine made from the island’s cannonau grapes. Lunch is included on this small-group day trip by 9-seater minivan.
Get more out of your time on the island of Sardinia with this 10-hour guided experience with a local family outside Cagliari. Learn about the Sardinian people and their traditions. Sample some of the region's specialty foods.
Some towns have art districts, but in San Sperate, the entire town functions as an open-air gallery. The hometown of Italian artist and sculptor Pinuccio Sciola, he played an instrumental part in the town’s rebranding as an art destination. Stroll the streets and admire more than 400 street murals, traditional peasant and farmer houses, and Sciola’s “Sound Stone” installations, which produce music when touched.
Immerse yourself in Italian cuisine at the “Campidanese” court house home of a Sardinian family and learn how to prepare some of the island’s traditional dishes during this private dining experience. Watch as the landlady prepares Sardinian ravioli, enjoy a relaxing Aperitif in the garden, and dine as part of the family. Unlike other cooking classes, with this experience you can leave the cookery to the pros.
Pair the independence of self-drive with the convenience of a tour on this educational private day trip that’s tailor-made for history buffs. With a guide on hand to explicate every site, learn the secrets of Sardinia’s mysterious Nuragic civilization and explore the charming town of Bosa. Visit the megalithic tower and village at Nuraghe Sant’Antine, the prehistoric burial ground at Sant’Andrea Priu, and Bosa’s scenic old town.